Toronto – January 25, 2020 – Hundreds of thousands of Canadians across the country are celebrating the Lunar New Year – the Year of the Rat – by spending time with friends and family in numerous fun-filled activities to mark year 4718 on the lunar calendar.
The Lunar New Year starts with the new moon on the first day of the Lunar New Year and ends on the full moon 15 days later. The last day of the Lunar New Year is called the Lantern Festival, which is celebrated at night with various displays and children carrying lanterns in a parade.
Spring Festival, commonly known in Western culture as the Chinese New Year, is a very important cultural event for a growing number of Canadians and their communities.
2020 is the Year of the Rat. The rat is the first of all zodiac animals, and in the terms of yin and yang, it is yang and represents the beginning of a new day.
Many UFCW Canada members will be helping to organize Lunar New Year events in their communities, and all interested members are encouraged to check their local union and municipal websites to find out more about how they can participate in this year's festivities.